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Leaders Eat Last

Key Highlights

  • Discuss how deep, trusting relationships are built—the kind of relationships that can withstand the inevitable pressures and dangers all organizations face.
  • Learn how choosing to protect our people before our numbers can actually inspire our people to take care of the numbers in the long term.
  • Explore why leadership is not an event, but a process that is developed from simple, everyday actions.


Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, and then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders are creating environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

Great leaders sacrifice their own comfort—even their own survival—for the good of those in their care. This principle has been true since the earliest tribes of hunters and gatherers. It’s not a management theory; it’s biology.

When we create an environment where people feel like they belong and operate in a “Circle of Safety” the result is trust and collaboration—allowing people to spend their time and energy working together toward a higher cause that inspires them, rather than spending their time and energy protecting themselves from each other.


Stephen Shedletzky
Heath Slawner

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